K12 Headlines

3/28/2014

3/28/2014

The School for the Agricultural Sciences is the newest addition to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Excellence, a program that exposes high school students to a variety of STEM fields. It will be a month-long program where students will learn about agriculture and natural resources.

3/28/2014

As of July 1, Dale Lumley, currently South Butler's superintendent, will be the new superintendent for the larger Butler Area district. The South Butler School Board promoted Assistant Superintendent Michael Leitera to superintendent.

3/28/2014

The Oceanside Unified School District has selected Duane Coleman, the associate superintendent of educational services, to succeed retiring Superintendent Larry Perondi as of July 1.

3/28/2014

MindPlay announced a new reading fluency with comprehension program for K12 schools, FLRT. This personal trainer for silent reading has been updated for text complexity and to include comprehension. Stories are certified by MetaMetrics to meet Common Core text complexity and Lexile reading level requirements.

3/28/2014

A Pass Educational Group, LLC is one of 12 companies in Michigan that has been selected to receive the Michigan Small Business Development Center’s Best Small Business Award. These companies were chosen from over 5,500 small businesses that the center provided with counseling and training in 2013.

3/28/2014

New or expanding charters in New York City will get access to facilities, but existing ones already in private spaces will not receive as much aid in the tentative state budget deal. All charters in the state will receive an extra $1,100 in per-pupil aid from the state that would be spread out over three years.

3/28/2014

A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Center for American Progress finds school board members with a background in public education are not better informed than their colleagues. It also suggests the makeup of local school boards can have a measurable effect on student achievement.

3/28/2014

A Minnesota district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. The suit claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and emails without permission.

3/28/2014

The Boston School Committee has voted to eliminate buses for seventh- and eighth-graders, one of many cuts it approved in a $975 million spending plan for next year. Even though school spending will increase by about 4 percent, it will not be enough to cover rising salaries and other costs, along with a reduction in federal and state aid.

3/28/2014

A split Allentown School Board approved plans to eliminate 100 positions, including 74 teachers. The job cuts are expected to save $5 million at a time when the district faces a $10.6 million deficit.

3/28/2014

The sole finalist to become superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools is Meria Carstarphen, the superintendent of Texas' Austin Independent School District for the past five years.

3/28/2014

Community Charter School in Buffalo has lost its yearlong battle to stay open. A State Supreme Court judge dismissed the lawsuit and ruled in favor of the state Education Department to close the school because of poor student performance.

3/28/2014

A new report released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights shows that excessively punitive policies are being used in the public school system—even against preschoolers. This should shame the nation and force it to re-evaluate the destructive measures that schools are using against their most vulnerable children.

3/27/2014

3/27/2014

Voters in Schenectady approved $70 million in capital improvements in the district to deal with anticipated growth and to renovate aging school buildings. The district is counting on $66.5 million in state building aid and $3.5 million in EXCEL money to cover the full amount of the project.

3/27/2014

Norfolk is teaming with S. B. Ballard Construction Co. to build five new schools for the city within the next four to five years. Three local architectural firms are working with Ballard on the design for the schools.

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